Latin America

The Myths of the Opossum

Pathways of Mesoamerican Mythology
By Alfredo Austin
Translated by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

First published in 1990 under the title Los mitos del tlacuache, this is the first major theoretical study of Mesoamerican mythology by one of the foremost scholars of Aztec ideology.

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya

Cycles and Steps from the Madrid Codex
By Merideth Paxton

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya traces the implications of a previously unrecognized image of the solar year in the Madrid Codex to find new meanings in the Dresden Codex and the Maya calendar system and a regional settlement organization in Yucatan.

Beyond Wari Walls

Regional Perspectives on Middle Horizon Peru
Edited by Justin Jennings

Wari culture and its influence in Andean prehistory is investigated here from a variety of geographic locales.

For Every Indio Who Falls

A History of Maya Activism in Guatemala, 1960-1990
By Betsy Konefal

By following indigenous organizing experiences at multiple levels--local, regional, national, and international--this book explores how some Mayas became involved in political activism and opposition to a repressive state.

Funerals, Festivals, and Cultural Politics in Porfirian Mexico

By Matthew Esposito

While most historians have argued that Díaz's reign owed its longevity to extralegal activities and personal appeals to loyalty, this study examines Díaz's successful manipulation of cults of the dead, hero cults, and national memory to shape the perception of his leadership.

Mexican Community Health and the Politics of Health Reform

By Suzanne Schneider

This very human study of emerging medical services in Morelos, Mexico, illustrates the variety of grassroot solutions to health care delivery in response to rising costs and restrictions on access.

Untold Sisters

Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Works
Revised Edition
By Electa ArenalStacey Schlau
Translated by Amanda Powell

In this revised edition of the first introduction to Hispanic convent culture published in the United States, the authors present the works of nuns going back to the sixteenth century.

Allies at Odds

The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671
By John Charles

Explores the vital, often conflictive role indigenous agents played in the creation of Andean Christian society.

The War for Mexico's West

Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524-1550
By Ida Altman

Altman has undertaken the challenging task of examining the Spaniards' attempt to conquer and settle the western region of Mexico (New Galicia).

Nicaragua Before Now

Factory Work, Farming, and Fishing in a Low-wage Global Economy
By Nell Farrell

Farrell weaves together interviews, photographs, and her own observations to illustrate the relationship between Nicaraguan laborers, international politics, and global markets.

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